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July 12, 2018
Pictures from Saturdays Mormon Well Trail event are now up. Sorry it took so long, but I've been super busy lately and barely had time to upload something.
In the future, if you plan on attending an event, check the event details for any last minute changes. Better yet, send me an email of your intent to attend so I can contact directly with any changes.
July 5, 2018
Last call for the trail run this coming Saturday, July 7, 2018. We're expecting a good crowd for this event, but since there will be no underground exploration, there will be no space or age limitations. Feel free to bring and invite as many people as you'd like. We'll see you soon.
Some details about the event have changed recently. Make sure you read through the link for the latest update information.
June 21, 2018
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New images have been added to the Kirby Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. We didn't have a reason to return. We just happened to be in the area without a plan and ended up there. We thought we've seen everything there, but there are so many shallow valleys and washes, there is usually something new to see. When the weather cools, we'll return and hopefully get into an underground area new to us.
If you are planning on joining us on July 7, 2018 for the Mormon Well Trail event, please review the updated event page. Specifically, take note that the meeting place has changed. After having a better look at the parking lot, we thought that it looked a little tight for even just a few extra vehicles. The new meeting location has much more room and supply shopping options. It is a little further, but it also brings us closer to the trail.
June 14, 2018
We've rescheduled the Mormon Well Trail event for Saturday July 7, 2018. Summers in Nevada are brutal, but if your vehicle is in good repair with a working air conditioner, it should be a pleasant day. Details are in the link.
The Hoosier Mine has been added to the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. It's been a while since we've entered a mine new to us. We've been wanting to get into this one for years, but didn't want to interfere with the most recent mine workings and waited for it to be abandoned again.
May 31, 2018
Sorry about the Memorial Day event cancellation. Some of you know that I've been attempting to limit and reduce my work schedule. Surprisingly, this limited schedule often means more hours and at the very least, inconvenience.
A colleague experienced a serious and sudden illness, so to him it was much more than an inconvenience. I had to work Sunday night until Monday morning. I was scheduled to leave around 6AM, which would only leave me 3 hours to rest and meet for the event. In my work, there are also no schedule guarantees. I could leave on time and I could just as easily be delayed by hours. Because of the narrow and uncertain time line, I thought it would be best to just cancel the event.
Very few people confirmed for this event, but for this group, little to no confirmations doesn't mean much. Some of our largest events had the fewest confirmations. I did send out notifications to those interested and post a site update as soon as I knew there was a scheduling problem. I didn't receive any angry emails from anyone who didn't get notice, so I'm guessing none just showed up.
Even though this event was cancelled, I didn't feel like wasting a holiday. New images have been added to the Sultan Mine gallery in the Goodsprings, Nevada directory. Since we have the lower levels well documented, the new images are mostly of the upper levels.
Not sure when we'll be meeting again. I know I have some free time coming up in July, but we all know the weather in July is brutal. Maybe that would be a good time to reschedule the Mormon Well Trail trip. I'll be sure to let everyone know when we know.
May 27, 2018
Because of last minute scheduling issues, the event scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled. I've notified those who confirmed and hope everyone gets the message. I'll explain with the regular update.
May 24, 2018
Last call for our Memorial Day event on Monday the 28th to Mormon Well Road. The trail head is just under 50 miles away and the trail almost another 50 miles. This will be a full day. Don't forget to pack a lunch. Since this trail is North of town, our usual meeting place has changed. Please, read the event details carefully. The last day of a three day weekend usually means interstate traffic. We won't be waiting for late arrivals.
A new piece has been added to the Articles section of the site addressing Site Complaints. People often disagree with things on this site and some get upset over small or non-issues. I probably should have addressed these common complaints a long time ago and started to, but I just now got around to completing a response.
See everyone on Monday!
May 17, 2018
We were recently revisiting, Hoodoo, Addison, Milford, Ingomar, and Picture Rock Mines. The mines look about the same as the way we left them. If you're in the area, be more mindful of small children and pets. There has been another confirmed sighting of a mountain lion in the area.
Good news, bad news. To reduce the sting, we'll begin with the bad news. Our group repeater that has had many setbacks, too much effort and more than tripled in budget, is now a dead project. After the GMRS repeater on Low Potosi went down, we began this project out of safety necessity. My sincere apologies to those who were relying on this new repeater to come online.
Good news is someone else with far more knowledge was generous enough to install a new GMRS repeater on High Potosi. This new repeater is far more reliable than ours ever would have been, triple the transmission output and is about 2500 feet above the previous repeater location with unobstructed views in all directions. As with most complicated projects, this one has a few more tiny bugs to work out, but is currently operational and already has the best coverage and range of all previous and current GMRS repeaters.
I believe the furthest contact made using this repeater was in excess of 120 miles, but with a good radio, antenna, and elevation it will easily exceed that. It should have no problems reaching most of our local trails and mining districts including Mormon Well Trail which we will be visiting shortly.
If you weren't already aware, we will be running this trail this coming Memorial Day Monday. Details can be found through the link. Since it's not a weekend and fewer employers are observing Memorial Day as a National Holiday, we're not expecting a large group for this event. Although we wish Memorial Day was more widely observed, a less crowded trail is always appreciated.
May 10, 2018
We finally narrowed down a destination for our Memorial Day event. This coming May 28, 2018, we'll be running the Mormon Well Trail. We've run this trail solo and found this is one of those trails you'll want to run with others. It's extremely remote and, depending on weather, the trail can be very easy or very dangerous. Since we are headed north, our common meeting spot has changed. Please, carefully read the event details provided in the link above.
I know most will want to get underground somewhere, but since we've visited most places within a couple hours of town worth visiting, we are going with a trail run. It also looks like summer is early, so a little elevation and air conditioning is appreciated.
May 3, 2018
My apologies for missing updates again. Those who saw me last, may have noticed I wasn't well. I don't like being still for too long and that bronchitis turned into pneumonia. Other than the right meds, there isn't much to do for pneumonia other than rest. I get bored easily and rather than rest, I kept trying to entertain myself, which slowed my healing progress. I'm feeling better now, but had I been a better patient, I would have been better weeks ago.
This weeks update is an addition to the guest writer series. Blake addresses common misconceptions about steel cased ammunition. It's something I use often and have heard from many people why I shouldn't. Blake breaks down the myths and gives his professional opinions.
April 12, 2018
Another great event was held this past weekend. As always, great to see familiar and new faces. Images from that event can be found in the completed event gallery.
We're going to try to fit in one more event before summer is on us. Probably this coming Memorial Day. May 28. During summer, we'll try to schedule an evening fluorescent mineral hunt. Of all the evening events we've held, I don't think any of us find anything worth keeping, but it's still a good time to hang out with friends and kick some rocks around.
When it gets too hot to hike and climb, a trail run is always an option. That way, everyone but Ken can enjoy some air conditioning. We have some great local trails ranging from scenic to slightly technical. Most local trails are maintained to the point where 4WD isn't needed.
We'll have another cookout event, but we'll be limiting those to once a year and sometime late October or November where we can actually enjoy a fire. I'll keep everyone posted.
If you'd like to suggest a future event destination or maybe you've seen something on the site you'd like to see for yourself, we're always open to suggestions.
April 5, 2018
Last call for our event this coming Saturday April 7, 2017. We'll be returning to Clark Mountain to visit a few mines we weren't able to reach last time and possibly revisit some of the larger mines.
We do have a favor to ask the group. We have a father and son from out of town that would like to join us. If anyone has a couple seats to spare for the day, I'm sure they will appreciate it. I'd offer our spares, but they may be taken and we won't know until the morning of the event. Transportation for these two was confirmed, but because of a family emergency, that arrangement will not work. If you can help with this, please send me an email quickly so arrangements can be made.
I finally got around to moving the old updates to a separate archive page. Everything there is date sensitive and mostly irrelevant now anyway. This page really needed a good cleaning. The link to the archives can be found here or at the top of this page, a couple rows below the site logo.
See everyone this weekend.
March 29, 2018
New images have been added to the Taylor Mine and Lizzie Bullock Mine galleries in the Ivanpah, California directory. Not coincidentally, these locations also happen to be featured stops for our group event next Saturday the 7th of April. Details of the event can be found in the previous links. If you plan on attending, an email would be appreciated. All participants are expected to read and accept the event waivers of liability.
I've been nursing bronchitis for far too long. Hopefully, I'll be feeling well enough to enjoy this event. Even if I'm not, I'll still be there, but probably won't be in a climbing mood. I wasn't even going to post this update, but Russ made me. haha
March 22, 2018
There's been a slight change of plans regarding our April 7, 2018 event. The date is still the same, but our location has changed. Originally, we were planning on visiting the New Trail Mine and surrounding areas. It's an interesting site, but after researching a route for other stops, there just wasn't enough of interest to fill a day.
Plan B was a route taking us to Rhyolite and Beatty. It does appear there is enough to see for a full day, but we've never been to either destination and we really need practical experience to arrange a day. We'd hate to drive two hours there only to find the trails were bad or nothing to see at the chosen stops. After we get a chance to scout the area or have the services of a competent guide, we'll plan for a future date. Our window of good weather opportunity is quickly closing, so that event may be a while.
Back in February of 2016, we visited Clark Mountain in Ivanpah as a group. It turned out to be one of our more enjoyable events, but we did miss a couple mines because of trail conditions. The trails have had a couple years to naturally settle so, we'll be returning to Clark Mountain and beginning where we left off in 2016.
Details of the event were sent out last week. If you've been to a previous event or in fairly recent email contact with me, you should have received it. If not, please check your spam or bulk email folder. If it's not there, I probably don't have your email address.
Details of the event can be found here. Hope to see you there.